Tag: My Blog’s Name in Books

Book Blitz_I found this tag on Lynne’s blog Fictionophile a few weeks ago and thought it would be fun to do. This tag was great for me because I got to narrow down my Goodreads TBR (I haven’t looked at it in a long while). Yay for getting rid of books I now have no interest in reading. Also, oh my gosh, so many books starting with the letter “T”. That was a bit of a challenge. Most of the books on my TBR start with “A”, “B” or “H”.


1.  Spell out your blog’s name.

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note: you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR.)

3. Have fun!






























Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

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Amazon.com has a list of the  “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” that’s been compiled by Amazon’s editors. I saw this on Thrice Read and also wanted to see how many of the recommend books I have read. It turns out not many. I said “yes” to only 27 of them. I guess I have a lot more reading to do!

The Rules:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)

The List:

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt Yes
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury  Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  Yes
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand Yes
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes


How many of these have you read?  

Book Blogger Insider Tag!

Book Blitz_-2Yay! Another book tag! I wasn’t actually tagged in this one but saw it posted on The Book Cover Girl’s blog and thought I should do it too.


1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun! 🙂


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually, it’s at my desk in my bedroom. Sometimes at work when I have a long break and nothing else to work on.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It really depends. It’s so easy to write reviews for books that I didn’t like. I can just write on and on. It’s so much harder for books I absolutely adored. I honestly never do the book justice. It basically just me shouting at people to just read it and see. Not very helpful at all!

3. When did you start your book blog?

January 14th, 2016….I can’t believe it’s been 2 years!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Posting a few times a week. Some weeks I’m full of energy and great ideas. I can just write, write, write. Other times I’m so bogged down with work and other commitments that I just don’t have the time or motivation. Also, my reading isn’t what it used to be. I’ve been going in and out of wanting to read. So, I don’t read as much and lack things to post. But either way, I’m so happy to have this blog. I’ve met some great people and connected with authors/books I don’t think I would have discovered otherwise.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Sharing my love of books with others! Also, discovering books that I don’t think I would have found before. Kat Ross has become one of my favourite authors but her books aren’t mainstream or well known. So…without blogging I probably would have never decided to give them a chance.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I enjoy all of my blog posts, especially reviews that I had a difficult time writing because I’m so proud of myself for finishing them.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Tags for sure! I have a love/hate relationship with reviews. Sometimes I really like writing them, especially when the words are flowing and I have so much to say. I used to make mixtapes for books but just haven’t had the time lately. I really want to go back to making those sometime soon!

8. When do you typically write?

I usually write posts on a Sunday afternoon or after work during the week. It all depends on how much I have pre-scheduled and if a special post needs to go up.

9. Do you review every book you read?

No, I always review books I received from the publisher but that’s pretty much it. If I really felt strongly about a book that I purchased then I will write something about it. I do try to post stuff about all of the books I read on Twitter or Goodreads.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I usually write my reviews at my desk with a cup of coffee listening to a mix of rain or ocean waves. The sounds are so soothing and it makes blogging such an enjoyable and relaxing process.

11. How often do you post?

Hmmm….not as much as I used to or would like to. I try to post at least twice a week but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Scheduling posts has seriously been a lifesaver!


Book Titles Tag

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I recently saw this tag on Book Princess Blog and knew I had to do it. I love book covers and tags that involve them are so much fun! The tag was originally created by Rachel Reads and Books and Looks. Be sure to check them all out!

1. Title That’s the Story of Your Life


2. Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend


3. Title of an Adventure That You Would Like to Go On


I would have loved to be a detective during this time period. I’m obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case!

4. Title You Want to Name Your Child


5. Title of Your Ideal Job


Again, I would have loved to be a detective during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Of course, being female would have made that difficult but…

6. Title of a Place That You’d Like to Visit


I’ve been to Skye but I want to go back. My heart aches for it. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful.

7. Title of Your Love Life


8. Questions You Ask Yourself


9. Title of a Kingdom You’d Like to Rule or Name


Ravka has to be the fantasy world that has most captured my attention. I can’t get enough of it!

10. Title You’d Name Your Band


11. What is Your Current Mood?


12. What is Your Favourite Colour?


This shade of blue is absolutely gorgeous!

13. How Do You Feel About 2018 So Far?


14. Where Do You Want to Travel?


Anywhere with a beach please!

15. What Are Your Summer Plans?


I won’t be traveling this summer like I usually do…

16. What Are Your 2018 Goals?



Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this tag posted on A Bookish Bi‘s blog and thought it would be fun to do! It was originally created by BookTuber Charly Reynhorse. Onto the tag….

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually only read 1 book at a time but sometimes I’ll mix in a comic or poetry book to mix it up.

2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book?

It’s really all about how I’m feeling at the time. But I need to have finished a complete chapter in the book before I move on to something else. I can’t stop mid-way through a chapter. It drives me crazy!

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

Nope, not unless I somehow misplace it while reading. Also, I read a lot on my Kindle so I don’t really have to worry about that!

4. Where do you keep the book you’re currently reading?

It’s usually on my bedside table because I do a lot of my reading at night before I go to bed.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

During the week, usually at night just before bedtime. On the weeks it’s usually when I wake up with a cup of coffee.

6. How long do you typically read for in one go?

Hmmm….maybe 30 minutes or a hour. It really depends on the book and how interested I am in reading it.

7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I take the dust jackets off because I’m afraid of damaging them.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

I usually read sitting up with a bunch of pillows around me…it’s so nice and cozy!

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

No, not unless I’m traveling and then I really want it with me to help pass the time. I tried bringing a book to work with me to read during my break but I ended up catching up on grading instead.

10. How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

All of the time! It’s too much honestly….but I just can’t stop myself!

11. Who would you like to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone because I wasn’t actually tagged to do this. So….if you haven’t done this and would like to, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag

Book Blitz_Time to confess all of my bookish sins! I saw this tag on Lila’s blog Lost In A Story and thought it looked fun. It was originally created by A Page of Jenniely. Let’s go…


1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it: Yup, guilt as charged! I have a few ARCs that have been sitting on my shelf for a year that I haven’t picked up and honestly probably won’t. In my defence, I never requested them. They just randomly arrived and they just aren’t for me. Maybe I should host a giveaway? Hmmm….

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley: Nope! I’m pretty good with staying above 80% on NetGalley.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did): My issue is usually remembering to cross-post reviews to Goodreads.

4. Folded down the page of a book: Yes *hangs head* I do it quite often if I’m out and about and can’t find something to act as a bookmark.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book: Not in a long, long time. I’m usually pretty good about keeping my books away from liquids while reading.

6. DNF a book this year: I’ve DNFed a few books this year. Why struggle through something when you could be reading something else that you know you’ll like? There’s just not enough time in the day.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it: No because I honestly don’t have money to spare on purchasing books I know I’ll never read.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework): All of the time! Why grade essays when I can read a book?

9. Skim read a book: This usually happens with books I am about to DNF or those that I should have given up on.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal: This year will be the first time that I won’t make my goal. It’s amazing how not reading for around 3 months can put you so far behind. I’m sad about it but there’s always next year!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it: No, never. I get upset when I don’t get back books I’ve lent out and never want to be that person.

12. Broke a book buying ban: I’ve tried bans but they just never work. Sales on Amazon are always my downfall. A book for $1.99? Oh, yes please!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about: It’s scary to see how many half written reviews I have sitting in my drafts folder. I start one, get stuck, move onto another and repeat.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading: Only when I’m studying Spanish. I highlight words I don’t know and then write the definition in the columns.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads: No, I’m pretty good for adding books that I’ve read. I like keeping track of the books I read, especially since it helps a lot with the blog.



End of the Year Book Tag

Book Blitz_I wasn’t tagged but I miss doing tags. For me right now it’s all about baby steps back into blogging regularly. I saw this tag on Linda’s Little Library and it was originally created by Ariel Bisset. Ok….to the questions we go!

The Questions:

    • Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? Yes, sadly I started a bunch before taking my break due to work. I’m currently in the middle of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
    • Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? Nope! I honestly haven’t read anything this fall! Ok…that’s not true. I did finish The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle (LOVED IT!).
    • Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? There have been a bunch but I’ve just had their release pass me by. Like I was beyond excited about The Language of Thorns because Leigh Bardugo is simply the greatest. Plus, who doesn’t want more from the Grisha series?!?! But sadly I still need to get my hand on it. *sigh* I have a feeling that I’m going to be buying a lot of books this holiday season.
    • What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? There are so, so many! I really want to get to The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.
    • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? You never know! I’ve read some pretty amazing books this year that are pretty hard to top – The Rose & the Dagger, Cold Summer, Blood for Blood, The Dark Days Pact – but I’m more than happy to add another to my list!
    • Have you already started making reading plans for 2018? Hahaha nope! My main plan is to start reading again and to keep up with the blog. I need to somehow find a way to balance work, life and blogging. But I’m moving forward with positivity!

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